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WOW Control by Goodhertz Review

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WOW Control by Goodhertz Review

If you are old enough you remember the sound and imperfections of analog tape. Now as everything is clean and digital there are many musical genres like lofi that need the desired sound of flaw. Goodhertz effect plugins are surpassing tools and gadgets, some of them with phenomenal soaking.

Welcome to WOW Control – the extreme audio plugin that gives you precise control over your sound. With HQ Mode, you get even better performance. Massive pitch range and expressive shape controls let you create any sound you can imagine.

The analog tape section with three modes lets you recreate the sounds of vintage tapes, while the random section adds more complex modulation for unique results. Trust us – the WOW Contro is guaranteed to add some real excitement to your music!

Wow and flutter is provided by tape machines, and cassette recorders with rotary components. WOW Control is all about that annoying sound we seem to love. Irritating sounds that these days are seen as chic and desirable in many productions for example lofi.

Wow and Flutter

Wow and flutter are audio effects that were once popular in the music industry, but have since been replaced by digital effects. They are created by adding noise to the signal and can add warmth or character to the sound that is often desired in certain genres of music.

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WOW Control focused on the weird and wild modulations of analog tape and other less-than-perfect analog playback devices. Goodhertz set out to precisely capture the essence of three tape machines from three decades: every noise, every wobble, and every harmonic. The plugin has resulted in the most comprehensive analog tape model we’ve ever heard.

WOW Control  Installation

You install the plugins from Goodhertz on your MAC or Windows machine from here. You’ll need to register for a Goodhertz.co account to use the plugins.

WOW Control Sound

Wow Control delivers that eerie & erratic timbre of analog tape and other limited analog playback devices. Wow Control is all about old-school analog recording shortfalls.

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WOW Control by Goodhertz Review

With this kind of effect plugin, you can push a record that you produce and add bend the music and wobble the track. Like a tape player does not spin easily the simulated tape will speed up and slow down under the head. Vinyl effect plugins are also very popular and can be used to great effect.

The three tape modes in Wow Control Analog emulate the sounds of tapes from different eras:

  • The ’60s Mode emulates the sound of a vintage Ampex 351 1/4″ deck.
  • The ’70s Mode emulates the sound of a vintage Teac A-2300S 1/4″ deck.
  • The ’80s Mode emulates the sound of a vintage Aiwa CSD-K330 Cassette Deck.

Each mode has its own unique character and sonic flavor. Goodhertz also added a Random Tape section, which adds even more complex modulation for unique results.

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Wow Control presets

Goodhertz included presets for Vinyl, Tape, Stereo effects, FX, Analog tape and cassette, and some general presets in the plugins to help you to find the right first starting point and through the easy to use interface you can adjust the sound to your taste.

The WOW Control plugin by Goodhertz is an extremely powerful tool that allows you to precisely control your sound. With HQ mode, you get even better performance, and the massive pitch range and expressive shape controls let you create any sound you can imagine. The analog tape controls let you create any sound you can imagine. The analog tape section with three modes lets you recreate the sounds of vintage tapes, while the random section adds more complex modulation for unique results. Trust us – the WOW Contro is guaranteed to add some real excitement to your music!

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Goodhertz has done an amazing job of capturing harsh and erratic timbre, which is often desired in certain genres of music. If you are looking to add some real character to your sound, then the WOW Control plugin by Goodhertz is a great option. With its massive pitch range and expressive shape controls, you can create any sound you can imagine. The analog tape controls let you recreate intense and erratic timbre, which is often desired in certain genres of music. So, if you are looking to add some real character to your sound, the WOW Control plugin by Goodhertz is a great option for you!

You can dial in the effect to really disturb the track, instrument or even the stereo mix track. When used smoothly this tool injects life or movement with added color to single tracks or the master track.

You spend your money on an effect plugin with the idea is to make your music sound as less perfect as needed.

Conclusion

The WOW Control plugin by Goodhertz is an extremely powerful tool that allows you to precisely control your sound. With HQ mode, you get even better performance, and the massive pitch range and expressive shape controls let you create any sound you can imagine. The analog tape controls let you recreate intense and erratic timbre, which is often desired in certain genres of music. If you want to add more character to your sound, the WOW Control plugin by Goodhertz is a great option.

User interface & Usability

It is an easy and clear interface in line with the company’s look and feels. The manual can be found here.

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Rating:  Five out of five stars

WOW Control has the wow factor and is perfect for lofi productions. After using it on some productions WOW Control has become one of my preferred plugins when I need the highest character of wow & flutter. There are some take effect plugins available in the market. 

WOW Control is one of the most extensive analog tape effect plugins perfect for that sound when you are producing music that requires imperfection with a vibe.

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Goodhertz 5th Anniversary Sale — 35% off all Plugins

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Goodhertz 5th Anniversary Sale 2019

 Goodhertz has been releasing plugins for 5 years. They are taking 35% off the sticker price of all Goodhertz plugins all this week — it’s Goodhertz’s biggest sale ever!

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Goodhertz – Ghz 3.5.0 — Dark Mode, CanOpener upgrades, and more

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Goodhertz updates Plugins to Version 3.5.0

Goodhertz has been working hard to enhance their plugins! From brand-new audio features in CanOpener, Vulf Compressor, and Wow Control, to brand-new visual features across the entire suite, Goodhertz has been optimizing and updating. To download version 3.5 immediately, go to Goodhertz downloads page. And here’s a breakdown of everything that’s new and improved

CanOpener Upgrades

CanOpener Studio’s gotten a serious upgrade: HQ Mode, Safe Gain, Dither, Volume Compensation, and overall algorithm improvements, all in a free update.

CanOpener 3.5.0

Dark Mode

Love Goodhertz plugins but like to keep the lights low? Goodhertz got you covered. All Goodhertz plugins now have a dedicated “Dark Mode.” You can enable Dark Mode by right-clicking anywhere in the plugin and heading to Preferences > Dark Mode.

Improved Language Support

Though Goodhertz started adding support for multiple languages way back in 2017, Goodhertz recently overhauled the translation system and are now proud to report that all translations are better than ever — including a brand new language for Goodhertz plugins, French.

Tone Control, en français

Sidechain Tilt in Vulf Compressor

More flexible than a traditional sidechain HPF, the Sidechain Tilt really expands the tone-shaping options in Vulf Comp. Check out the new presets (Untamed 26″, Le Freak Kick, & Accordion Boom) to get a taste of the new sounds it can make.

Sidechain Tilt — new in Vulf Compressor

Wow Control — Random Seeding

Love the randomness of Wow Control but wish you could tame it a little for repeatable bounces and synced instances? Meet Wow Control’s latest addition: the Random Seed control.

Wow Control’s new Random Seed control

3.5 Updates

  • Improved bounce/export repeatability in various DAWs — now guaranteed to produce the same output after multiple processing passes in most DAWs.
  • Improved A/B functionality — now retained after closing the UI.
  • Improved various UI elements — typeface tweaks and enhanced HUDs.
  • Improved animations and metering on Windows.
  • Fixed an issue where switching presets in Vulf Compressor could cause silent output.
  • Fixed a bug where Megaverb could inadvertently filter the dry signal.
  • Fixed preset locking behavior in Megaverb’s Predelay and Gate parameters.
  • Added HQ Mode, Loudness Compensation, Safe Gain, Dither, and improved Crossfeed processing in CanOpener Studio.
  • Added new Mixing / Mastering presets in CanOpener Studio.
  • Added Sidechain Tilt providing tonal control in the sidechain signal of Vulf Compressor.
  • Added new Sidechain Tilt presets in Vulf Compressor.
  • Added selectable Random Seed in Wow Control.
    New UI color palette: Dark Mode!
  • Improved bounce/export repeatability in various DAWs — now guaranteed to produce the same output after multiple processing passes.
  • Improved A/B functionality — now retained after closing the UI.
  • Improved various UI elements — typeface tweaks and enhanced HUDs.
  • Improved animations and metering on Windows.
  • Brand new French translations and additional language support in all plugins.
  • Fixed an issue where switching presets in Vulf Compressor could cause silent output.
  • Fixed preset locking behavior in Megaverb’s Predelay and Gate parameters.
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Faraday Limiter by Goodhertz Review

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Faraday Limiter

Goodhertz offers many plugins that are special because of the vibe and color they add. Faraday Limiter is a limiter, but it comes with that new colorful dynamics with warm, tape-like saturation for your production. Learn more about this limiter in our Faraday Limiter Review on how you can use this new tool in your mix and mastering task.

The Faraday Limiter is an essential tool for any audio engineer. It’s incredibly versatile and can be used on a wide range of sources, from buses to individual instruments to vocals and dialog.

Faraday Limiter by Goodhertz Review

The Faraday Limiter provides a unique level of timbral shaping and tonal coloration that can’t be achieved with any other dynamics processor. It’s also very easy to use, with a simple interface that makes it quick and easy to get great results. The Faraday Limiter is a must-have for any serious audio engineer.

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Faraday Limiter Review

We did review already other Goodhertz products like their pretty wild Vulf compressor, and Wow Control. I completely enjoy how Goodhertz plugins give a prompt classic vibe to anything you run through their products.

Faraday Limiter Was Free

In the old days, Faraday Limiter was free for new customers until early 2015. This is hard to imagine as you get a limiter that is worth the full price that is asked for. Now there is a small fee attached to this limiter – and to cut t short it is worth the money spend. Goodhertz did send a review copy with no strings attached.

Faraday Limiter – Installation

Goodhertz offers an installer for all their products, depending on your licenses Faraday Limiter will run as a full or trial version.

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Faraday Limiter- Sound

The most common type of digital limiter is a look-ahead brickwall peak limiter. Look-ahead limiters are so named because they “look ahead” in time to see when the incoming audio signal is about to exceed the threshold.

When this happens, the limiter takes action to prevent the signal from going over the threshold. This type of limiter is very effective at preventing sudden, unplanned peaks in the signal level, but it can introduce some undesirable artifacts, such as distortion and “pumping” (a change in the overall level of the signal).

Some newer types of digital limiters are designed to minimize these artifacts while still providing maximum transparency and minimal coloration. These new limiters are often referred to as “transparent” or “sonically neutral” limiters.

While digital peak limiters are certainly a valuable tool, it’s important to be aware of their potential drawbacks. One of the most common problems is that they can impart a harsh, brittle quality to the sound, especially when pushed hard.

This can make the highs sound unnatural and squashed, and the low end can sound thin or mangled. In some cases, the overall sound can be truly awful. Of course, not all digital peak limiters are created equal, and some do a better job than others of minimizing these problems. But it’s important to be aware of the potential issues before using one on your next project.

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Not a “Transparent” Brickwall Limiter

Rather than creating another “transparent” brickwall limiter, we decided to create something new: a dynamic, colorful, and inspiring device that you could use for more than just loudness.

The sound of the Faraday Limiter is dominated by its analog-modeled input/output transformers, which are responsible for its beefy, harmonically rich tone. The limiter circuit is smooth yet lively, capable of pumping faster and farther than any other limiter we’ve ever encountered while still retaining punch and warmth.

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When you use Faraday Limiter on the master bus, you must add a brick wall limiter behind it. The included feature Harder limiting is not turning Faraday into a brickwall limiter, keep in mind to add a transparent brickwall limiter after Faraday when mastering.

Let’s address shortly that this is a colorful limiter and not a limiter that you need to be able to master and publish to streaming services, print music on medium or deliver a final product when you score to picture.

If you are not hiring a mastering engineer you need tools like FabFilter Pro-L 2 or Nugen ISL 2 to deliver a final product to your customers. Those limiters offer extensive loudness metering with support for the required standards when delivering a final product. Faraday Limiter infuses a wonderfully lush, creamy sound to your mix and needs another limiter to release the track to the world.

Faraday Limiter – User interface & Usability

Goodhertz has stepped away from fake analogism design where everything looks like a device that existed in the past year in what we call the vintage days.

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With great company-wide design choices, Goodhertz finds a refreshing way to present a plugin through a logical approach in their interfaces that makes it make to operate their plugin.

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Faraday Limiter Review

This limiter plugin falls in line with the plugins that offer an interface that makes it easy to use and for the end-user, this approach helps to achieve your results fast. One reason why the company chooses to select this interface is to reduce the CPU footprint occupied by Meters/graphs.

As Goodhertz firmly believes that if it sounds right, it is good and there is no need to add visual CPU draining effects. I think that my CPU could handle the visuals, but I prefer the merely non-gear-related UI that Goodhertz, Kush, FabFilter, and others are using.

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Faraday Limiter Review

Goodhertz also enables top-notch technology. Sharing presets through a web page is supported, see an example here.

Conclusion

The Faraday Limiter by Goodhertz is a great tool for adding color and warmth to your sound. It is perfect for those who want to add a new dimension to their sound without sacrificing quality.

Rating:  Four out of five stars

Faraday Limiter is a Limiter plus color effect plugin. Faraday Limiter is designed to color the sound and add a warm and tape-saturations vibe to a track or the overall mix while being also a limiter.

I enjoy the tone it retains and the smoothness of the sound this fine tool can produce. Faraday is another workhorse tool by Goodhertz that sounds astounding.

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